Authors: Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre & Karen Duvall.
Published: January 29th 2013 by Harlequin Luna.
Sort: Part 0.5 from ‘Blood of Eden.’
Review part 1: The immortal rules.
Source: Netgalley & The publisher.
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa
Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....
Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre
After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they'll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside...for good.
Sun Storm by Karen Duvall
Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms-in the cosmos and beyond. And she's not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She'll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.
To be very honest, the reason why I wanted to read this book was because of Dawn of Eden. I can’t wait for The eternity cure after falling in love with The immortal rules. I loved this one. We get more information about the Red Lung virus. Kylie is trying to help her patients, but they are all slowly dying. When Ben arrives with his wounded friend, he is keeping a secret that will change their world very soon. It was a great way to understand the situation at the beginning of the outbreak. We even get a glimpse of a character in The immortal rules! This story get’s 4 out of 5 flowers.
The next novel wasn’t my cup of tea. Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre was a very confusing story. The world-building wasn’t fantastic and I didn’t connect with Thorne or Mari. It started okay, but the middle part was boring and I skimmed the last part. That isn’t a good sign with such a short story. I rate this 1 out of 5 flowers, because it was close to a DNF.Sun Storm by Karen Duvall started very interesting. The world is plagued by sun storm’s with lethal rain of radio-active sun sparks which changes your DNA. Only Kinetics can survive the touch of the sparks and they have a special gift. Sarah can predict the upcoming storms and Ian, new in town, can control the weather. They don’t know the important role they are going to play in the existence of the world. After this nice promise, the story goes downhill. There is some travel, there comes a bad guy, more travel and I skimmed through the end. I rate this 2 out of 5 flowers because of the original subject.
This is the problem I always have with anthologies. Some stories are really good, others suck. I’m not sure if I recommend this book and that is a shame, because Dawn of Eden is worth a read.